CARD Seminars Workshop/Event Series

CARD Seminars and Workshop/Event Series

As part of the Cardinal Directions general education curriculum, all new North Central College students complete either the First Year Seminar sequence (CARD 101 & 102) or the Transfer Seminar (CARD 200) and are required to participate in a series of workshops/events. Together these experiences assist each student in learning about North Central College campus resources, offices, and organizations, developing and enhancing academic skills and ensuring that each student becomes an active member of the Cardinal Family while succeeding academically! 

The required components for Spring 2021 are as follows: 

First Year Students Transfer Students
Required Courses: Required Course:
CARD*101 First Year Seminar --Writing CARD*200 Transfer Seminar
CARD*102 First Year Seminar--Speaking
Required Workshops/Events: Required Workshops/Events: (unless otherwise noted)
*Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop (during class time) *Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop (during class time)
* Career Readiness Workshop (during class time) *Title IX Bystander Intervention Awareness Workshop (during class time)
*Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Information Fair (March 25, 2021) * Career Readiness Workshop (during class time)
* Faculty Choice Campus Event (Dates vary) (Attend 1) * Faculty Choice Campus Event (Dates vary; optional for each faculty member)

If you have any questions regarding the workshops, please reach out to your CARD faculty member or the department facilitator. To find all events, visit the Presence page by clicking here and searching for the tag, "CARD 101/102/200 Events"

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
March 8-11
In class workshop

North Central College strives to be “a campus community that is welcoming and supportive of diversity and inclusion, is free from discrimination and models civil dialogue on social issues.”  Our students have identified the incorporation of diversity learning in the classroom as an important part of creating an inclusive environment on campus. Staff from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will conduct one-hour diversity workshops in the fall and spring semesters. The workshops will supplement the content that students learned from the required online diversity module taken prior to the fall semester. The following topics will be covered: social identity groups, racism and anti-racism and steps they can take to work to be anti-racist.

 All students should have completed the online diversity, equity and inclusion assigned to them this summer prior to attending the workshop.

Intro to Career Readiness Workshop
February 15-19
In class workshop

Led by NC Career Development professionals, this 45 minute workshop puts students on the path to designing their next step plan early in their NC college experience.

In this introduction, students can expect to:
- Learn about career resources available through the college
- Begin their career management plan
- Identify Career Competencies that are transferable to a number of workplaces
- Identify opportunities to grow or show their Career Competencies

*Students will need to print the following documents in advance of the class, and be prepared with pen/pencil.

Career Management Plan
Career Competencies Defined
Career Competencies: Know it, Grow it, Show it

Accessing the Workshop:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 7843 7728
Passcode: Career123

Community Engaged Learning Fair

Thursday, March 25
12:00 - 1:00pm

Community Engaged Learning is comprised of experiences which are integrated with course materials, activities, and directed reflection that enable students to practice social and civic responsibility while deepening disciplinary knowledge and skills.  CEL highlights mutually responsible relationships among faculty, students, and community partners, using reflection as a means of holistic learning. This CEL Fair gives students an opportunity to engaged with community and college partners to learn more about the options available for CEL.


Bystander Intervention: Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop
CARD 200 Only
In Class Workshop

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Session length: 60 minutes (at the start of the class period for T/H)

Overview/Talking Points:

North Central College aspires to provide a place for learning, exposure to new ideas, developing new skills, and expertise. In addition to the educational experience, North Central College also endeavors to foster connection, belonging, inclusion, aspiration, inspiration and ultimately a sense of community for all who are embarking on their educational journey here. One aspect of being part of a community is the expectation that its members watch out for each other. This CARD session focuses on

  • What is sexual misconduct,
  • What resources and campus supports there are for student who experience sexual misconduct,
  • What is a Title IX Coordinator and Campus Advocate,
  • How to recognize situations in which there might be a risk of harm to others, and
  • Effective strategies for bystander intervention.

Upcoming Events (Choose one event)

Past events have been deleted!
No sign ups required, unless otherwise mentioned. Choose one date from the below options.
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Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum

In that spirit, students will work with their faculty to attend a signature event for fall semester 2021 that works best for them. The faculty member will approve and track the signature event component for the class.


Some examples of events will be included below as they become aware to the CARD Leadership Team: 


Please join us on the evening of Wednesday, March 31, for a virtual lecture featuring Robert W. Fieseler, Jr., and his presentation about the history of discrimination in Naperville from the 1920s to the present. We hope you and your students will be able to join us! There is of course no charge. NCTV-17 will be providing the technical support for this Zoom webinar, and there is no registration, so it's very easy to attend and open to all. Feel free to share the word and the link!


Changemaker Challenge

Sponsored by The Center for Social Impact
April 9th, 2021
3:00PM – 5:30PM

The Changemaker Challenge is a pitch competition for any North Central student with idea for positive social impact - large or small.  In the past, students have pitched ideas to address civil rights competency, financial literacy, food deserts, recycling and waste reduction, human trafficking, and more.